LPGA Master Professional Debbie Crews has been researching and developing educational programs for many years. She finds unique ways in her research to help students find ways to improve their performance. Click on the following link to read Golf Digest’s September 19, 2017 article “Courses with Horses”.
I attended the 2016 Las Vegas Extravaganza at the Suncoast Resort and Casino at the end of October, and I am so glad I did. I have been involved with the T&CP since 2009 and this was the best Teaching Summit I have ever attended. The all-female line up of speakers were educational, inspirational and relevant. The passion of the members that attended the summit was evident by the quality of the interaction with the speakers. Below are some of the takeaways from the day and a half summit that I wanted to share with you:
- “A leader is a person with a vision and the influence to make it happen.”
- Find your power pose and use it! It can change the way you feel in just two minutes.
- It is possible to quietly break glass ceilings.
- “People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do what you do.”
- “Listen actively, listen with empathy, and listen with awareness.”
- “It is not what you know, it is not who you know, it is who knows you.”
- It is not too early or too late to start when it comes to your retirement; the important thing is to make sure you do.
- Find your passion, and ask yourself what you want your legacy to be.
- The conversations and networking that takes place during breaks, at lunches, dinners and breakfasts are just as important as the knowledge gained from the speakers.
- People buy the “WHY” not the “what”; DISTANCE, not drivers, IMPROVEMENT, not lessons; EXPERIENCES, not tee times.
- What you and I do every day matters. It matters to the LPGA Tour, LPGA T&CP and the LPGA Board of Directors. It matters to your fellow professionals. And it matters to your students, customers and members.
It is the members that make the T&CP such a wonderful organization to belong to. It was so rewarding to see and reconnect with friends and to start to build new relationships. If your schedule and budget allow I would strongly encourage you to attend the next LPGA Teaching Summit, you will not be sorry you did!
How did you get into golf?
I grew up in Lewisville, Texas and began playing golf at the age of seven with my family. My father, Chuck was my main instructor. I grew up in a family of elite golfers including my father, Chuck, mother, Diane and brother, Clay. I grew up in a small junior golf program at Denton Country Club in Denton, Texas. I started competing on a national level at age 12. I knew golf was my passion when I played in my first national tournament at age 12 at Lakeway Country Club in Austin, Texas. I qualified for the match play and won my first match against an eighteen year old going to play college golf the next year.
What are some highlights/accomplishments that you have had in your career?
My biggest accomplishments are my former junior golfers who are now continuing to play golf in amateur tournaments and have become junior members at Congressional. Many of my juniors have found that golf does not stop after junior golf but can continue to enjoy the game. I have found that helping my juniors’ find their different passions in life and seeing them succeed has been a huge highlight.
How did you become interested in coaching junior golf?
I became interested in coaching juniors the summer of my junior year at Oklahoma State University. I worked with the North Texas PGA Junior Tour with Barry Rodenhaver. I enjoyed helping with the clinics and running tournaments. Barry was a great mentor that help me come out of shy shell and be more confident in myself. I knew that I wanted to teach juniors and make an impact on the game of golf.
What is your game to play with your junior golfers?
A new game that I play with my young girls age 8 and under is called “Girl Power Middle Name”. Each girl chose a new middle name that represented the girls’ spirit. The names ranged from Brave, Power, Amazing, Super, Unstoppable and Fast. The girls wrote their name on their golf balls to remind them of their Girl Power middle names. This quick game was a great way to remind the girls about their amazing abilities as a girl.
What are some for your hobbies/interests besides golf?
I enjoyed spending time with my family and watching my sons, Gustave (10) and Hunter (7) play sports and participate in Cub Scout activities. I love photography and scrapbooking.
Best Practices By Debbie O’Connell
LPGA NE Section Teacher of the Year
The manner in which LPGA Professionals positively impact our students varies greatly. One student may be very competitive and striving to win the club championship, while another has a goal to not feel embarrassed on the golf course. Some students just crave the motivation, inspiration and confidence they gain from time with an LPGA instructor.
One day I asked a new student her goals and she replied, “To hit my 7-iron. I cannot hit my 7-iron!”
I replied with, “You mean you want to learn how to hit your 7-iron even better?”
She asked, “Is that Golf Positive stuff?”
I smiled and said, “Yes!”
I listen carefully to the words of my students as they explain their game and their goals. Negative words, thoughts, and beliefs get in the way of a student’s path to reaching his or her full potential. Continue reading
Northeast Section Member Molly Braid is the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.
How did you get into golf?
I participated in summer camps with my siblings and cousins when I was very young and really enjoyed my experience at our local country club, so when I had some friends encourage me to try golf in High School I didn’t hesitate. From there, what really got me hooked was playing with my father and his friends on the weekends. My father is one of the best playing partners in the world, I can’t help but have fun and enjoy myself on the golf course when I am with him.
Didn’t we all get into the golf business to have fun and play some golf?
I played competitive golf many years ago, and when I had the opportunity to get into the golf business I jumped on the chance to do something I loved. Little did I know at the time, playing golf would become a thing of the past. When you work in the golf industry, playing is no longer at the top of the list!
Save the date for the next NE Section Meet & Greet!
Who: All NE Section member are invited
What: NE Section Meet & Greet, hosted by Liz Cooper and Lynne Hunter
When: Monday, August 1, 2016 starting at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Kenwood Golf & Country Club – 5601 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816 for 9-holes of golf in a fun format. Followed by food and drinks at the Irish Inn – 6119 Tulane Ave., Glen Echo, MD 20812
Why: Come meet your fellow NE Section members for a fun 9-hole round of golf followed by the sharing of best practices and networking in a casual atmosphere. Don’t forget – you will receive CU’s for attending!
RSVP to Liz Cooper (email@example.com) and please indicate if you are planning on golf and dinner or one or the other.